A snowy pint in lower Lewes

Outside the Snowdrop Inn
Outside the Snowdrop Inn

A group of locals stand outside the Snowdrop Inn in South Street, Lewes, in the 1920s. They are probably awaiting a charabanc to take them on a day out.

The Snowdrop has an important place in Lewes history.

It was built in 1840, on the site of the worst ever snow avalanche in British history and is named, not after the flower, but to commemorate the tragedy which flattened seven cottages and claimed eight lives at Christmas, 1836.

Fifteen people in all, were buried but seven of them, including a two-year-old girl, were rescued by the brave and determined efforts of their neighbours. Lewes is home to some wonderful pubs. The Snowdrop is among the best.